Don’t let the color of this smoothie (or the Florida Gator on the glass) scare you. Despite its unusual color, this is one of my family’s favorite drinks. I promise you, if you try one for yourself, you will enjoy it. And you’ll get a nice serving of fruits & veggies while you’re at it.
Green smoothies have been part of our household for a couple of years now. I was honestly surprised that my family took on to them like they did. The fresh spinach really has no flavor in the smoothie…if you closed your eyes you would probably think you are just drinking a banana smoothie. I don’t usually put any additional sweetener (honey or agave) in ours, the ripe banana sweetens it up just right for our palates…but I’ll leave that up to you.
I think they turn out best with frozen bananas so when you find yourself with a few overripe bananas in your fruit bowl, peel them, cut in thirds, place in a freezer bag and store in the freezer. They are great to have on hand to add to any of your favorite smoothies or even your bowl of oatmeal, it’s basically an instant natural sweetener.
Have you ever tried a green smoothie? If so, what did you think?
Do you make your green smoothie different than mine?
1 cup plain or vanilla almond milk (go with vanilla if you have more of a sweet tooth)
1-2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
1/2 ripe frozen banana (if your banana is not frozen, add 2-3 ice cubes)
tiny bit of honey or agave, optional
1-2 tablespoons ground flaxmeal, optional
Combine ingredients in blender and blend for 1 minute.
Serve in a fun glass and enjoy.